With reports of overproduction, lagging exports and layoffs, there’s no denying that the Swiss watch industry isn’t doing too hot right now. But while the market for new watches is certainly taking a hit, the vintage market is booming, with auction houses reporting record sales numbers in 2015 and 2016. But what may be great for auction houses and affluent collectors isn’t that great for the rest of us, with some of the hottest vintage pieces climbing past the scope of attainability. Naturally, we’ve always operated under the impression that those seeking great vintage watches need not drop tens of thousands of dollars. To that end, our very own Christoph McNeill (known to some of you as vintagediver) and a handful of other knowledgeable contributors have highlighted great vintage bargains over the years right here on worn&wound. (If you’re just getting into vintage watches, take a look at our ongoing Affordable Vintage series; it’s an excellent resource for the uninitiated.)
To get you started, we pulled together a handful of articles covering some of our favorite vintage watches. From Seiko to Universal Genève, there’s something here for everyone.
We’ve covered this storied Swiss firm numerous times here on w&w, with a specific focus on the delightful Polerouter range (for a brief historical rundown of the line, click here). The Polerouter Super (seen below) is a late-entry model within the Polerouter collection and a highly underrated one at that. Though one of the pricier watches on today’s list, it remains an excellent buy.